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Miscellaneous pieces, written in A.D. 1381 in England

MS. Douce 257
Held at the Weston Library

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  1. (fol. 1) The Algorismus of Johannes de Sacro Bosco: at end, 'Explicit Algorismus': an arithmetical treatise.
  2. (fol. 18) The Massa Compoti of Alexander de Villa Dei: a poetical treatise on the ecclesiastical calendar, here with a prose prologue and commentary: at end, 'Explicit Massa Compoti. Anno Domini mlo CCCmo octogesimo primo ipso die Felicis & Andacti', Aug. 30, 1381. At fols. 62v, 81v follow some calendarial rules, etc., including the Cisio Janus: cf. fol. 83 (de fortuna nascentium').
  3. (fol. 70v) 'Liber cautelarum septem scientiarum' (grammar fol. 71, logic ? fol. 78v, etc.), in verse and prose: beg. 'Quia de multis aliorum.' The title is from the prologue: some experiments, if not the whole work, are by 'Johannes Pauli' (fols. 81, 81v): at fol. 77 are some English rhymes, cf. 99v: the treatise also contains curious tricks, recipes for cooking (' de coquina') in English (fol. 86), an exorcism, etc. Fols. 98, 99 are injured. Douce has appended a detailed account of the MS., see also the catalogue of 1840.

'Costat m' Brymston' (late 15th cent.?, fol. 99v).


  • Creation: written in A.D. 1381 in England


103 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • English


MS. Douce 257

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 21831

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Douce.

Physical Facet

On parchment


7 1/2 × 5 5/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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